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Ordinary Day

February 21, 2017

“After all, I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything
splendid or wonderful or exciting happens. It’s just those that bring simple little pleasures,
following one another softly like pearls slipping off a string.”
“Anne” // L.M. Montgomery // Anne of Avonlea

    These ordinary days. I don’t see them as pearls often enough, with a beauty that is worth taking notice of every waking moment.
The pizzazz days, the excitement days, the anticipated arrival days; these are the days which get me to explode out of my bed with energy the morning of. Which is funny to think about because I’m a night owl, and energized mornings are not my thing. I’m proud of my night owl-ness and love sticking by it, but curiously I’ve noticed no matter how early the next day, if it’s an exciting one, you bet your boots I’ll be there with bells on. I can be early bird, but I gulp when I realize I’m a convenient early bird.

Today is worth getting up for.”  I excuse myself on one of these mornings.

This mentality of mine, it hit me like a brick. I view every day through this lens. This so easily is the ruler I measure the day with. A question mark waltzed it’s way into my brain at this point. . .

Isn’t every day worth getting up for, even the ordinary?  

Regardless of the “apparent” worth I label and smack on it before my feet skim the floor, is not every single day, vibrant or muted, worth it?
In my limited little clump of fluff, called my brain, I view people as an inconvenience instead of an opportunity. A busy day as just another one to get through instead of one to hug the breath out of. Wishing a normal day away just so I can get to the next most exciting one. Crossing that square off on my Rifle Paper Company calendar, without giving it a second’s reflection.

Aside from the true cliche that “Life is a gift” I need to grasp something more.

Every day doesn’t always look like a gift from the outside. It often comes in the package of driving the same trek to work for what seems like the millionth time that week, it looks like pressing or missed deadlines, scheduling conflicts, misunderstood conversations, heartfelt questions being unanswered, an ache in your beating heart to hug the neck of someone long distance. It’s unlaundered jeans and t-shirts, unswept floors, unkept landscaping (courtesy of February) that still isn’t checked off the to-do list from 2 months ago.

These are our ordinary lives. We stamp them as always run-of-the mill, unnoticeable in the grand scheme of things. Our ordinary day is subconsciously viewed like an oyster shell; sometimes displaying some beauty, most of the time nothing special.
But we are missing something amazing by flipping on this auto pilot switch. We aren’t willing to search for the hidden rarity in the ordinary.

The pearl in the oyster.

The special minute in the ordinary day. The exciting discovery after willingly clasping the humdrum.

    So, can we view our ordinary oyster shell lives still as a gift? A surprise of a day hidden inside life’s sometimes crusty outside?

Worth wanting to get up for, not snoozing our alarm clocks for.

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Jotter’s Journal // november

November 6, 2015

Jotter's Journal // november

I seriously realize with all due consciousness that I haven’t been here in a while. Actually, that would be an understatement in itself, but I can’t think of a better answer other than the normal clichè, “Life’s been good & busy.”

But I’m not going to be one who fills posts with apologies excusing my not being here, instead here I am again, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

November has gotten off to a rollicking start, though I think I left my brain back in May somewhere, but I’m doing my best to catch it up to speed!

//Out-of-doors. . .
November in Tennessee doesn’t necessarily mean barefoot days are over! On the stroll to the mailbox this afternoon I traipsed through a carpet of leaves on the front walk, leaves that but two days ago were all neatly raked. Oh well, so much for that! All it took was one rain and a bit of wind. Looks like more raking is in order!

//Busy working on. . .
Each day is different but, for right now I think I’m in the skill-building/study-and learn-all-you-can season! I’m working my way through numerous books (finally making some headway on that ever growing list!) and the Lord has also blessed my etsy shop which has kept me on my toes filling orders!
Fun fact: People actually buy Christmas gifts the last week in October! (don’t laugh, it’s true.)

//Currently reading. . .
The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall & Debbie Jones

//Favorite book recently read. . .
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
Jim and Elisabeth Elliot’s story is so sweet and shows just the amazing-ness of the sovereign hand of God in their lives! Their testimony of how they trusted the Lord, even in regards to their relationship, was an enjoyable read. And plus, Elisabeth Elliot was such a grand writer, in case you didn’t know.

//At the desk. . .
My newest skill I’ve been burying my head in is book-binding! I’ve made several journals now and am LOVING the process! The smells, the textures, the finished project. . . ah, you get the idea! I’m having fun!

//Beyond the desk. . .
Cross country season being over for the younger siblings, we still get to watch them race every now and then at an occasional race around TN, and lately a trip to the pumpkin patch was a fun family excursion. Family time is precious.

//In the evening. . .
Late nights talking with family, early nights in which I head to bed and read, some nights when work carries over until it’s time to hit the hay; a little sampling of each, makes my night-owl-at-heart-ness happy!

//Reflecting on. . .
The contrast of my selfish and stubborn tendencies to the Lord’s self-sacrifical and ever good ones. Learning how to die to myself and surrender my own will daily, taking every thought captive and looking to His grace every day for strength.
Amazed at the Lord’s goodness.

//Through Scripture. . .
I’ve really enjoyed going through a scripture study by She Reads Truth called Women in the Word (Old Testament) which walks you through a 5-week study of the women in the Old Testament through various passages, each day focusing on a different woman. It’s been encouraging and convicting and sheds light on so many areas.

//Happy about. . .
/Celebrating this month about being truly thankful, it’s one of my favorite things about this time of year.
/New plans and ideas regarding this blog (I know this is getting old, but I’m a change lover, new ideas are just a part of my brain!) 😀
/Just life, each and every day, the opportunities!
/Getting more chocolate from Trader Joe’s soon, I’ve been too long without it!

//Inspiring quote. . .
“Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.”
>>jim elliot

I’ll be back soon, I promise! In the mean time, enjoy every moment of this glorious season of November! (I have a feeling it will be a fast one!)

>>>a b b y

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Thankfulness: That Sweet Refrain

November 27, 2014

EUCHARISTEO

A Greek word meaning thanksgiving, to be thankful.

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Thanksgiving.
That sweet refrain. That strum that strikes that harmonious chord in our hearts.
That simple utterance of more than a feeling, more than a statement, more than a day.
It’s a lifestyle.

As the days of November come to a close, a soft conclusion as the last leaflet of a book, our hearts are turned ever always towards the prospects of Thanksgiving. A time of family. A time of feasting. A time of reflection on our many blessings.
But how often are our hearts turned toward Thanksgiving as a life-long commitment? A living of the day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute?
For indeed, we are not guaranteed the morrow! That simple word, that seemingly small recognition of a blessing, the pouring out of our gratefulness to the Lord daily; this is living thanksgiving.

Hence, as this winsome time of year is hereabouts, let us grasp in our hearts what it means to be truly thankful,  for it is indeed something to embrace each and every day!

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”
~2 Corinthians 9:15

 

*A special recognition to the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It’s sturdy and renewing words woke me up to the wonderful reality of truly desiring to live Eucharisteo every day!